Our Team

Alex Thapar

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 213.633.8700
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Born in Santa Monica and raised in Culver City, Alex Thapar developed a passion for service at a very young age. Watching his Argentinean mother’s strong work ethic as a child led to his decision to pursue a career in hospitality. With almost 20 years of experience in various leadership roles, Alex is broadening his reach as he takes on this exciting role of General Manager at City Club Los Angeles.

Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Alex initially ran several upscale fitness clubs. Subsequent to that, he opened The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles in 2011 and held other Director roles at both The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel & The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. In 2015, he moved on to The Bay Club Company where he was an integral part of establishing new markets while also doing diligence on several acquisitions. Through this process, Alex was the Club Manager and Food & Beverage Director at the prestigious Manhattan Country Club before he eventually operated the highly-successful Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.

Alex’s consistent pursuit of excellence and his ability to lead diverse teams are what made him the perfect fit to now be in charge of CCLA. He looks forward to connecting with all our loyal members in the coming months.

Sports are generally at the top of Alex’s list when he’s not working, but these days his favorite form of entertainment is playing with his two rescue dogs, Reese & Peanut. Alex and his wife, Chris, have been married for 16 years…the roles of ‘husband’ and ‘dog dad’ are among his greatest achievements to date!

Lauren Welling

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 213.633.8706
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Lauren was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Having an adventurous side and her love for travel around the globe, she decided to live in Belgium for a short period of time. Returning from Belgium, she realized she’d love to live in a larger, more diverse city. With having a background in sales and marketing, specifically Media & Entertainment, she moved to LA 5 1/2 years ago to pursue her career in a larger market. She loves trying anything new the city has to offer and will never pass up a road trip or hike. During her time here she’s rescued three dogs, volunteers at the Human Society, and cares a great deal for animal welfare. Lauren will make you feel right at home and go above and beyond for all your member needs. 

Annalise Parks

Role: Director of Membership Sales and Retention
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 213.633.8703 x:5846
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Annalise may be new to Los Angeles, but she is not new to the ClubCorp family! She joins City Club Los Angeles after years of serving as Director of Member Relations and Membership at The City Club of Washington in the Nation’s Capital. 

Annalise earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Politics from Lake Forest College, and Master of Business Administration degree and Global Management certificate from The George Washington School of Business. She brings her passion for international affairs and business development into her role as Director of Membership Sales and Retention, and is eager to help members maximize their potential through rich experiences and valuable introductions.  

In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with The Junior League, playing tennis, trying new restaurants, and enjoying culture through museum visits and festivals.  

Michael Cunes

Role: Director of Member Experience
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 213.633.8716
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Michael is a native of Los Angeles whose passion for creating memorable guest experiences has kept him thrilled to be working in the private club sector for over 13 years. 

His journey started at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades where for over a decade, he managed front desk and guest service operations. Here, he discovered a newfound passion for event management while designing and operating the annual Halloween haunted house. From there he moved to Spring Place Beverly Hills; a co-working and social club where he directed all aspects of member, community, and guest relations. Most recently, he was at the H Club in Hollywood where he directed overall club operations including management of the club's 33 all-suite hotel. He feels a deep sense of appreciation to now be serving the dynamic City Club LA community and is excited to have been welcomed into the ClubCorp family. 

When not working, he enjoys time with his wife and three young children, spending time in the great outdoors, playing golf and is an avid sports enthusiast. If it is a competition of any kind, it’s a safe bet that Michael is tuned in.

Joey Galon

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 213.633.8710
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Born and raised in San Francisco, Joey Galon graduated San Francisco State University with a Bachelors in Fashion eventually leading him after graduation into producing events and public relations in the fashion world for I.Magnin & Neiman Marcus Department stores leading to Los Angeles where he continued his career producing Major League Baseball & NFL Super Bowl events as well as TV/Motion Picture events.

His very first single handedly produced event was a highly publicized “Alice in Wonderland” themed Bat Mitzvah which spanned over 100,000 sq. feet of multiple creative activities for 500 guests which eventually lead to a nomination for “Best Event of the Year“ by Special Event Magazine.

Relocating to Las Vegas in 1996, he was hired to build the catering & events department at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel. He was social Catering Manager at the Desert Inn Casino, Executive Catering Director for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts & the Springs Preserve.  He was the preferred wedding planner for many of the casinos throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Joey’s passion is being of service to his customers meeting beyond their expectations for a lasting memorable experience.  You can find Joey on his days off as a part time fashion designer creating pieces of inspiration.  He is the consummate artisan!

Angie Hong

Role: Office Administrator
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 213.633.8704
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Angie was born and raised in Glendale, California. She discovered a newfound passion for the hospitality industry working part time at a restaurant. While studying hospitality management at Cal Poly Pomona, she was introduced to the world of private clubs. She joined the City Club Los Angeles team as an intern and soon transitioned into her role as an Office Administrator.  

In her free time, she enjoys binge watching tv shows with her Shih Tzu, Max. When she is out and about, she loves to spend quality time with her family and friends, searching for new restaurants and exploring the city.

Kimberlina Escalera

Role: Office Administrator Assistant
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 213.633.8709
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Kimberlina was born and raised in the Inland Empire. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. 

She discovered her love for private clubs at Indian Hills Country Club in Riverside, Ca where she worked as a banquet captain. She joined the Club Corp family in 2017 as a banquet supervisor, where she oversaw many private and member-based events. In 2019, she transitioned to the Accounting department as an Assistant Office Administrator. 

In her free time, she enjoys baking sweet treats, spending time with her two nieces, and going on foodie adventures.

Alexis Hansen

Role: Food and Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2020
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Alexis Hansen was raised by her mother and stepfather in San Diego.  Her stepfather worked as an executive for Tony Robbins for over a decade and this instilled positivity into every sense of her upbringing.

After her family relocated to the east coast, Alexis began attending school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in business with an emphasis on hospitality operations.  She’s a certified wine sommelier, and was formerly the Director of Operations for Blackhouse Hospitality Group which received a Michelin Star rating during her time with the company.  In her career she has opened two clubs and multiple chef-driven restaurant concepts while working along side many talented, awarded and established chefs.  Most recently,  Alexis opened a brand-new hotel, AC Hotel by Marriott as their Director of Food and Beverage.

She is passionate about quality ingredients, relationship-building, having fun, and creating new & exciting experiences here at City Club LA as our new Food and Beverage Director!

When you can’t find her laughing and joking around City Club LA, you can find her at the beach with her dogs, snowboarding, dancing, or playing amateur chef in her own kitchen.

Drew Andrade

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 213.633.8702
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Raised in Memphis, Drew credits his mother’s home cooking as the inspiration for his career. 

Committed to becoming a chef, he started his journey in his hometown at 13 by helping the prep cooks at Equestria.  After completing his education at Middle Tennessee State University, Drew moved to Los Angeles where he was hired as sous chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago.  An incredible opportunity to work in Spain presented itself so he went to run the kitchen for Martin Berasategui and his Michelin Three-Star restaurant.  Drew eventually made stops in Dubai, Moscow, Lima, and Hong Kong.

Our members are now the lucky recipients of his talents at City Club LA!